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Cycling moves to the Fraser Coast sports precinct

10 July 2019

Criterium racing will move to the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct from Sunday, July 14.

Fraser Coast Cycling Club President Steve Case said the cycling club had outgrown the course they had been using at the Hervey Bay Airport Industrial Estate, and were delighted to be moving to the sports precinct.

“Criterium racing is increasing in popularity. We attract between 40 and 50 riders to a meeting and hope to have two divisions on the course at the same time with races being held on Sundays from 7.30am to 9.30am,” Mr Case said.

Councillor Zane O’Keefe welcomed the cycling club to the precinct.

“This precinct gives Fraser Coast residents access to high-quality sporting fields and better recreational facilities to help them stay active, be healthy and have fun,” he said.

“The addition of cycling is a great example of how clubs can use the existing facilities at the precinct and inter club co-operation with the netballers letting the cyclists use their toilets and first aid room when they are not using them.”

The cyclists see great potential for future track development at the precinct.

“We’ve started talking to the Council and hope they can take criterium racing into account as the roads are developed in future stages,” Mr Case said.

“Who knows, there might even be potential to develop a dedicated criterium circuit at the precinct.”

Cr O’Keefe said the development of the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct was part of Council’s plan to build better communities.

“Hosting multiple large State sporting events provides the opportunity for the Fraser Coast to stamp itself as a leading sporting events destination,” he said.

“The precinct will continue to grow at the region grows.”

Work is continuing at the precinct, with the State Government recently announcing almost $1 million under the Works for Queensland program for field upgrades and lighting works.

Development of the precinct will be guided by its master plan and the outcome of talks with the state and federal governments, sporting groups, the entertainment industry and the local community on future stages.